45-year-old Kejriwal, a former Indian Revenue Service officer, met Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on Monday and handed over him a letter staking claim to form government after his party's Political Affairs Committee (PAC) met earlier and decided to take the plunge.
    
A Magsaysay award winner, a  one-time RTI activist and a close associate of Anna Hazare during his campaign for a Janlokpal Bill, Kejriwal  will be sworn-in in a public ceremony in the Ramlila Maidan, the venue of Anna Hazare's anti-corruption movement two years ago.
      
 He said he would table a confidence motion in the Assembly and "let's see what happens". This will be the capital's first minority government.

AAP’S KEY POLL PROMISES

  1. Lokpal Bill aimed at battling corruption and covering all employees will be passed within 15 days of coming to power.
  2. Around 3,000 ‘Mohalla Sabhas’ to be set up where people would decide what they want for their areas -- parks, street lights, dispensaries and so on.
  3. Payment for government work would be made only if ‘Mohalla Sabha’ is satisfied with the work done.
  4. Electricity tariff will be slashed by half and electricity distribution by private companies will be audited. Inflated bills will be rectified and if distribution companies don't cooperate, their licenses would be cancelled.
  5. Two lakh community and public toilets will be built.
  6. Families, which limit their monthly water consumption to 700 litres, would not be billed. Domestic water consumers, who have got inflated bills up to November 2013, will not be liable to pay these bills.
  7. Delhi Police, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and the Municipal Corporations of Delhi (MCD) will be brought under the control of the Delhi government.
  8. Minorities will be protected and ‘fake encounters and false cases against Muslim youth shall end’.
  9. Any public official found guilty of corruption would be sacked, jailed and his/her property confiscated.
  10. Honest officials like Ashok Khemka and Durga Shakti Nagpal would be encouraged and protected.
  11. A Citizens Security Force would be formed in each ward to provide security to anyone in distress.
  12. No court case would be adjourned if the Delhi government is a litigant.

The date and timing of the swearing-in ceremony would be decided once President Pranab Mukherjee gives his decision, Jung told Kejriwal when he met him.
    
 Born in Haryana and a resident of Kausambi in nearby Ghaziabad district of Uttar Pradesh, the IIT-Kharagpur graduate in Mechanical Engineering, defeated incumbent Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit in New Delhi by a huge margin of over 25,000 votes.
      
The Lt Governor told Kejriwal that he would send the proposal of government making to the President for his decision.
      
Later, Kejriwal said his government would implement all the promises made in the party manifesto.  Electricity, water, enactment of Janlokpal and ending VIP culture.
      
"Our 18-point charter will form the guiding light of our governance.  We didn't ask for support.  If parties don't us, we are ready to face elections again," he said.

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Significantly, his party leader Prashant Bhushan said they were not taking over power because it will last or it must last a term in office but because people want them to implement the promises.
      
After the two-hour-long meeting of the PAC at AAP office in Kausambi nearby Ghaziabad district, Kejriwal said AAP has decided to give a letter to the Lt Governor expressing its readiness to form the government.
    
 "We were called by the Lt Governor to discuss government formation on December 14. We had sought time to take a decision as ours is a party of common people and we want to their views,” he said.
    
 "We got responses from the citizens through website, phone calls, SMS and by holding public meetings and most of them favoured government formation by AAP. We are now going to give the letter to LG saying that AAP is ready to form the government," Kejriwal told reporters at AAP's office in Kausambi here.
    
He said the party held 280 public meetings across Delhi and in 257 such gatherings people favoured formation of government by the party while the rest opined that they it should not take powers.
    
There has been deadlock over government formation in Delhi for nearly two weeks after the announcement of the results on December 8. AAP has 28 seats while Congress with 8 has agreed to give outside support. BJP is the single largest party with 31 seats in its kitty.

SHEILA DARES AAP TO FULFILL ITS ‘UNREALISTIC’ PROMISES

Issuing a stern warning to Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) ahead of government formation in Delhi, former chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday said the Congress will withdraw its support to the debutant party if the latter fails to fulfill the promises that it made in its election manifesto.

“We have not provided unconditional support. Our support is not conditional, it will be peformance based,” she told mediapersons here.

AAP HAS BETRAYED PEOPLE OF DELHI: BJP

Slamming AAP's decision to form the government in Delhi with the support of "corrupt" Congress, BJP said the newbie party, which entered politics with a vow to fighting corruption, has not only compromised on its principles but betrayed the faith of the citizens.
    
"AAP had made promises and vowed to fight corruption but today it entered into an alliance with corruption and compromised with its principles. The government being formed in Delhi is a betrayal to Delhi residents as they rejected corrupt Congress in 2013 Assembly elections," Delhi BJP leader Harsh Vardhan told reporters here.
    
BJP's position on the issue appeared to be in contradiction of its stand as the party had earlier attacked AAP for shying away from forming the government when Congress had offered it support.
    
Vardhan, who was BJP's chief ministerial candidate in Assembly polls, said, "Now they are going to form the government with the same corrupt party by striking a compromise. But we extend our good wishes to that party on the occasion of government formation. We pray that they succeed as also the promises which they have made to the public in Delhi.”

Formation of Aam Aadmi Party

Aam Aadmi Party, which made an electrifying debut in the Delhi Assembly polls, was formally launched on November 26, 2012. It came into existence following differences between Kejriwal and veteran social activist Anna Hazare regarding whether or not to politicise the popular India Against Corruption (IAC) movement that had been demanding a Jan Lokpal Bill since 2011.
      
Hazare preferred that the movement should remain apolitical while Kejriwal felt the failure of the agitation route necessitated a direct political involvement. The Aam Aadmi Party has led several protests since its formation. Among these was a campaign against an alleged nexus between government and private corporations relating to price rise for electricity and water in Delhi. Another saw the party demanding justice for victims of sexual harassment and rape, including the introduction of a stronger anti-rape law.
      
Hazare and Kejriwal made it known on September 19, 2012 that their differences regarding a role in politics were irreconcilable. Kejriwal had support from some well-known people involved in the anti-corruption movement, such as Prashant Bhushan and Shanti Bhushan, but was opposed by others such as Kiran Bedi and Santosh Hegde.
      
On October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Kejriwal announced that he was forming a political party which was formally launched on November 26 coinciding with the anniversary of India's adoption of its constitution in 1949. The party name reflects the phrase Aam Aadmi, or "common man", whose interests Kejriwal proposed to represent. A party constitution was adopted on November 24, 2012.
      
The party claims that the common people remain unheard and unseen except when it suits the politicians to consider them. It wants to reverse the way that the accountability of government operates and has taken an interpretation of the Gandhian concept of ‘swaraj’ as a tenet.
    
Kejriwal said AAP refuses to be guided by ideologies and that they are entering politics to change the system, "We are ‘aam aadmis’. If we find our solution in the left we are happy to borrow it from there. If we find our solution in the right, we are happy to borrow it from there," he was quoted as having said.
      
The party produced a separate manifesto for each of the 70 constituencies. The candidates were being screened for potential criminal backgrounds and the party claimed to have selected honest candidates. The AAP's central manifesto had promised to implement the Jan Lokpal Bill within 15 days of coming to power.

JPN/Agencies

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